WSU Hosts Gonzaga, Then No. 12 Stanford In Pac-10 Series

March 29, 2005

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THIS WEEK:
#Monday, March 28 - WSU 5, University of British Columbia 1, Bailey-Brayton Field
Tuesday, March 29 - WSU vs. Gonzaga, 6 p.m., Bailey-Brayton Field, Pullman
*Friday, April 1 - WSU vs. No. 12 Stanford, 6 p.m., Bailey-Brayton Field, Pullman
*Saturday, April 2 - WSU vs. No. 12 Stanford, 1 p.m., Bailey-Brayton Field, Pullman
*Sunday, April 3 - WSU vs. No. 12 Stanford, Noon, Bailey-Brayton Field, Pullman
# - Exhibition game; does not count in WSU record, but counts in UBC record.

NEXT WEEK:
Tuesday, April 5 - WSU vs. Gonzaga, 11 a.m., Avista Stadium, Spokane
*Friday, April 8 - WSU vs. No. 10 Arizona, 6 p.m., Bailey-Brayton Field, Pullman
*Saturday, April 9 - WSU vs. No. 10 Arizona, 3 p.m., Bailey-Brayton Field, Pullman
*Sunday, April 10 - WSU vs. No. 10 Arizona, Noon, Bailey-Brayton Field, Pullman

LAST WEEK:
*Thursday, March 24 - California 13, WSU 2, Evans Diamond, Berkeley, Calif.
*Friday, March 25 - California 11, WSU 4, Evans Diamond, Berkeley, Calif.
*Saturday, March 26 - California 5, WSU 4, Evans Diamond, Berkeley, Calif.
*Indicates a Pacific-10 Conference game.

UPCOMING WSU OPPONENTS:
# 10 Arizona - 18-10 playing a three-game series at UCLA

THE RADIO AND WEB:
All remaining WSU baseball games will be broadcast live on KCLX Radio (1450 AM), Colfax, and at www.wsucougars.com.

COUGAR DIAMOND SUMMARY
The Washington State Cougars will play five games at Bailey-Brayton Field this week, including a Pacific-10 Conference series against No. 12 Stanford. The three-game series also marks WSU's annual baseball alumni weekend.

WSU (15-13, 0-3 Pac-10) returns home from Berkeley after being swept by California (19-9, 3-0 Pac-10) in its first conference series. The Cougars lost the series opener Thursday 13-2, then fell Friday 11-4 and came up a run short Saturday, losing 5-4.

WSU beat the University of British Columbia in an exhibition game Monday, 5-1. The Cougs will play Gonzaga (15-9) Tuesday at 6 p.m. WSU defeated the Bulldogs earlier this season 9-0 at the Banana Belt Tournament.

The Cougars play host to the number two team in the conference, Stanford (14-8, 0-0 Pac-10), in the first Pac-10 action for the Cardinal. The weekend series begins Friday at 6 p.m., and continues with a 1 p.m. game Saturday and a noon start Sunday.

Cougar baseball alumni will be on hand to throw out the opening pitches for the Stanford series, including legendary WSU coach Bobo Brayton, who will make his mound appearance in the series finale Sunday.

Three Cougs hit above .300 against the Golden Bears, including Jimmy Murphy, who hit .385 for the series. The freshman is now leading WSU regulars with a .371 overall batting average, taking the lead away from Jay Miller, who is second, hitting .306.

Seven Cougar regulars are hitting above .300 for the season. Kaeo Rubin is batting .339 and Brady Everett is .337 on the season, including seven long balls to lead the team. His total ranks him fourth among Pac-10 sluggers in the home run category.

Despite suffering their first losses of the season against the Bears, starters Wayne Daman Jr. (4-1) and Jimmy Freeman (6-1) are still boasting 3.02 and 3.13 earned run averages, respectively, for the season.

COACH MARBUT TALKS ABOUT COUGS: 'We're excited to be home. Stanford is a good challenge because they are one of the better teams in the conference and in the country.We are also looking forward to seeing Cougar baseball alumni.'

WSU VS. No. 12 STANFORD: The following is a statistical comparison of how Washington State matches up against its weekend opponent, Stanford:

NOTEWORTHY COUGARS
Jim Murphy: The freshman took over the team batting lead with a .371 clip, after hitting .385 against California...his bat's been hot in March, hitting .419 for the month...currently riding a seven-game hitting streak...went 5-for-13 against the Bears, including two doubles and two runs...went 3-for-5 with one double and two RBI Sunday...second on the team with five home runs this season...has 23 hits, including four doubles and 15 runs...he leads the team with a .677 slugging percentage, plating 15 Cougars...18 of his 23 hits came in March, including all nine of his extra base hits...he's driven home 14 and scored 13 of the 111 runs the Cougars scored in March...the first baseman is second on team with 157 putouts...fielding .994.

Jay Miller: Miller is leading the team with 40 hits, tying him for 10th among Pac-10 batters...he has seven doubles...is second on team hitting .360 this season...has led Cougars in batting average three times this season...scored 20 runs and driven home 20 Cougs this year...named Pac-10 Player of the Week after 11-for-16 hitting performance against Utah Valley Stats...started all 28 games this year and 133 of 138 career games...led Cougar batters the last two-years in hitting...in career has 185 hits, 103 runs, 41 doubles and 99 RBI.

Brady Everett: Currently on a 14-game hitting streak, which is a team-best...leads Cougs with 34 RBI, tying him for second among Pac-10 batters...first on team with 11 multiple RBI games...also leads team with seven long balls, placing him fourth in the Pac-10...has five multiple-run home runs, including one grand slam...hitting .337 this season with 33 hits, including five doubles...leads WSU and is tied for seventh in conference with 27 runs scored...first on team with 59 total bases...boasts a .602 slugging percentage, with a .450 on-base percentage...the catcher leads the Cougs with 166 putouts and has 25 assists.

Jason Freeman: Found hot bat when conference play started last season, looking to do the same this year after hitting .364 against California...was hitting .264 before first Pac-10 series, improving to .275 average after playing the Bears...went 4-for-11 with a double, an RBI and two runs...has 28 hits, including five doubles, 24 runs and 17 RBI this year...leads team with 10 stolen bases, tying him for third in Pac-10.

Jimmy Freeman: WSU is 7-1 when Freeman (6-1) starts on the mound...has a 3.13 ERA over 46.0 innings of work...leads team with 43 punch outs, ranking eighth among Pac-10 hurlers...allowed 34 hits and 18 runs, 16 earned, this season...holds opponents to a .205 batting average, ranking seventh in conference.

Wayne Daman Jr.: Daman Jr. (4-1) has made nine appearances, including one save, while starting seven games for the Cougs...posting a 3.02 ERA over 44.2 innings of work...struck out 26 of 166 batters faced...allowed 37 hits, seven of which were extra base hits...holds opponents to a .223 batting average...given up 22 runs, 15 earned, and four doubles.

Zach Kosturos: Leads team with 14 extra base hits...leads team and is ranked among Pac-10 batters in doubles (10, t-3rd) and triples (three, t-3rd)...recorded two hits, including one triple, while scoring three runs against California...second on team with six multiple RBI games, driving home 16 Cougs this season, with a .530 slugging percentage...hitting .301 overall, with 25 hits...scored 17 runs with a .406 on-base percentage.

AGAINST THE 'ZAGS: WSU is 1-0 against Gonzaga this season...Jimmy Freeman and Dustin Willis combined to shutout the Bulldogs, 9-0, March 3 in the first game of the Banana Belt Tournament...the Cougars lead the all-time series against Gonzaga 168-82-1 (.671)...the series between the two teams date back to 1911...the 'Zags and Cougs tied the 2004 series 2-2...WSU and Gonzaga will face off three more times this season, April 5 and 12 at Spokane and April 19 at Bailey-Brayton Field...Gonzaga currently has a record of 9-14 and 0-3 when playing away.

AGAINST THE CARDINAL: WSU and Stanford will face off for the first time this season...last season, the Cardinal swept the Cougs in three games at Stanford...all-time Stanford leads the series 26-13, dating back to 1950...this weekend will mark the opening of Pac-10 play for the Cardinal...last week Stanford defeated Pacific, 6-1, and spilt two games with Sacramento State, losing 4-3 Friday and winning 8-2 Saturday...the Cardinal are now 14-8 on the season, hoting Pacific in a 6 p.m. game Tuesday...they are 3-5 on the road.

ALUMNI WELCOMED BACK TO BAILEY-BRAYTON FIELD: The Stanford series marks the annual Cougar baseball alumni weekend...the 2005 squad welcomes baseball alumni to Bailey-Brayton Field...a different era of Cougar baseball will be honored at each game this weekend...Friday, alumni from 1990-2004 will be honored when Garrett Alwert tosses out the honorary first pitch at 6 p.m...Joe McIntosh will be on hand to honor alumni from 1970- 1989...the former San Diego Padre pitcher will throw the first pitch Saturday...before Sunday's game, Cougar baseball coaching legend Bobo Brayton will throw the opening pitch to honor those alumni from years prior to 1970...a multitude of other activities are offered for alumni to participate in as well...highlights of the weekend include a tailgate party prior to Saturday's game...a complete listing of alumni weekend events can be found at http://wsucougars.collegesports.com/sports/m-basebl/spec-rel/030805aag.html.

WITH FREEMAN AND DAMAN Jr. ON THE MOUND: WSU starting pitchers Jimmy Freeman and Wayne Daman Jr. are a combined 10-2...the Cougs are 7-1 when Freeman starts and 5-2 when Daman starts...the two are ranked ninth and tenth, respectively, among Pac-10 pitchers, with Daman Jr. posting a 3.02 ERA and Freeman at 3.13...Freeman is ranked first in the conference with six wins, Daman is tied for third with four...the pair account for 90.2 of the 246.2 innings the Cougar pitching staff has thrown this season....opponents are hitting .205 against Freeman, ranking him seventh among Pac-10 pitchers...batters are hitting .223 against Daman Jr...when Freeman sets the tone of the game the WSU bullpen has held opponents to a 3.25 ERA, allowing 30 runs, 26 earned...allowing 56 hits, while striking out 67 batters...Cougar pitchers are posting a 3.36 ERA when Daman Jr. starts, allowing 62 hits and 32 runs, 23 earned, while fanning 33 batters...Daman Jr. has two shut out appearances this season (1.0 inning Feb. 4 and 6.0 innings March 12) and one save...Freeman pitched one scoreless game this season, going 7.0 innings March 3 against Gonzaga.

FREEMAN IN GOOD COMPANY: Prior to earning his first lost Friday, Jimmy Freeman started 6-0...five WSU pitchers have started the season with a 6-0 record since 1988, including John Olerud, Aaron Sele, Bryce Chamberlin, Ed Gustafson, and David Wainhouse...last year Chamberlin started 6-0, finishing 8-3 overall...Sele started 7-0 in 1990 and finished 12-3...Gustafson went 8-0 in 1989, recording a 8-2 overall record...Olerud went 15-0 in 1998, while Wainhouse finished 7-0 the same year.

BATTLE FOR THE BATTING TITLE: The Cougar regular with the best overall batting average the Monday after a weekend series has changed five times this season...Jim Murphy took over the lead for the first time this season after hitting .385 against California...the freshman is hitting .371 overall...prior to Murphy, Zach McAngus and Jay Miller battled back and forth for the lead...McAngus is edging out Miller, leading the team for four weeks to Miller's three...Miller led WSU after its first weekend of play, boasting his highest average of the year, .429...McAngus took the lead the following weekend, hitting .500, which is the highest batting average of any regular this spring...Murphy batted .419 over the past four series of play to take the lead...when McAngus has led he's hit .415 (2/21/05), .364 (3/07/05 and 3/14/05)...Miller led with .404 (2/28/05) and .376 (3/21/05) averages...McAngus is currently seventh among Cougar regulars with a .333 average.

GOING THE DISTANCE: Brady Everett leads the Cougars with seven home runs, ranking him fourth among Pac-10 sluggers...freshman Jim Murphy is second on the team with five...Everett hit his seventh homer of the season during Friday's 11-4 loss to Cal...Everett's two-run shot was his fifth multiple-run home run this season...eight Cougars have gone yard this season, including Jay Miller, who has two home runs...Kaeo Rubin, Zach McAngus, Matt Thomas, Zach Kosturos and Jeff Miller each have each gone yard once this year.

PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Bellevue, Wash. native, Jay Miller was named the Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Week for the week of March 15-21 for his .688 hitting performance against Utah Valley State...went 11-for-16 against the Wolverines, including three doubles, a triple and a homer...scored six runs, while driving home as many and stole base three times...with his performance he improved his overall batting average from .318 to .376, which led the team last week...he is the first Cougar to receive the weekly honor this season.

IN THE CLUTCH: Six Cougars are hitting .300 or better with runners on base, including Jay Miller, who is hitting .435 to lead the team...Jim Murphy is batting .433 and Zach Franklin is hitting .400 with runners on base...Zach McAngus and Jay Miller are hitting .500 with the bases loaded...Jay Miller is hitting at a .488 clip with runners in scoring position, while Murphy is hitting .444...Cougar hitters are scoring runners from third with two out situations 68.6 % of the time...in that situation, Everett has plated runners 12 out of 14 times and Jeff Miller has done it 12 of 16 opportunities...Kaeo Rubin has scored runners from third with two outs eight of his nine chances, while McAngus has gone 6-for-7 in that situation...with two outs, Jay Miller has plated runners 10 times and Zach Kosturos, eight....WSU is successful advancing runners 54.1% of the time...Murphy is successful advancing runners 65.7% of the time, while Jay Miller moves runners forward 62.3% of the time.

PAC-10 TEAMS RANK AMONG BEST: Four of WSU's conference opponents are nationally ranked in both the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and Baseball America polls...Arizona is the top-ranked Pac-10 school, finishing 10th on the Baseball America list and 13th on the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper poll...Stanford is No. 12 and No. 16, respectively on the Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball Newspaper polls... Baseball America ranks Oregon State 18th and ASU 24th...OSU is No. 27 according to Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, while Arizona State finished 30th on the poll.

RUBIN SETS AND TIES WSU RECORDS: During the course of the Banana Belt Tournament and the following series against Northern Colorado Rubin set a school record with hits in nine consecutive trips to the plate...tied a school record set in 1992 with hits in 10 consecutive at bats, not counting walks...the record was originally set by current Cleveland Indian Mike Kinkade...went 6-for-6 March 11, tying a school record for hits in a game set in 1907...Rubin used hits over three-game span to set and tie school records...had two hits sandwiched around a walk March 6...hit in first two plate appearances, going 3-for-4 March 12 against Northern Colorado...had 11 hits with three doubles and five RBI in the three-game span.

WSU ALL-TIME BANANA BELT CHAMPS: Since the Banana Belt Tournament started in 1950 WSU has won the title 20 times, including the last two...host LCSC has captured the tournament title 19 times...the last time WSU won the Banana Belt Tournament in consecutive years was 1979 and 1980...the longest WSU streak for consecutive Banana Belt titles is four years, 1963 through 1966...WSU has placed second 11 times...and won titles in 1950, 1951, 1961, 1963-66, 1969-71, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1979-80, 1982, 1988, 1990, 2004 and 2005.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN: During the first five weeks of the 2005 season, the Cougars played 18 games in five different states...WSU started the season in Sacramento, Calif., going 1-2 against Sac State...WSU then went 2-1 against Southeastern Louisiana in Hammond...played in Pasco, splitting the series 2-2 against Portland...then traveled to Hawai'i, splitting the four-game series...finished in Lewiston, Idaho, taking the Banana Belt Tournament championship with a 3-1 record...in the first five weeks the Cougars traveled roughly 16,000 miles round trip.

EXTRA INNINGS FIRST SINCE 1975: The 10-inning opening game of the 2005 WSU baseball season against Sacramento State Friday, February 4, was the first time since 1975 a Cougar team has played extra innings in its first outing of the season...the Cougars lost 7-6 to LCSC at the start of the 1975 season.

IMPROVEMENT EARNS NATIONAL RANKING: Between the 2003 and 2004 seasons, the Cougars were the 15th most improved team in the nation...in 2003 WSU finished the season with an 19-37 overall record...in 2004 it finished the season 29-26...the Cougars improved 10.5 games in 2004...the most improved team in the nation following the 2004 season was Prairie View, which improved its final record by 19.5 games.

TOUGH SCHEDULE: The Cougars will face six teams that played in the post-season last year...five conference foes, Arizona, Arizona State, Stanford, UCLA and Washington, all made a regional appearance, with the Wildcats making it to the College World Series...Lewis-Clark State made it to the NAIA World Series.

COUGS HIT FIELD EARLY: In past years Washington State was limited in early-season outdoor practice time, but with WSU's new FieldTurf baseball diamond, Cougar players have been enjoying mild weather while holding intrasquad games and practices outdoors since the middle of January. 'We have been on our new field every day since January 19,' says Donnie Marbut.

THE WASHINGTON CONNECTION: The 2005 Washington State team consists of 31 Washington natives including head coach Donnie Marbut and associate coach Travis Jewett...four Cougar players hail from Bellevue...Kennewick, Woodinville and Spokane are each home to a pair of players...other Washington cities that made the Cougar geographic roster are Beaver, Bellingham, Burien, Des Moines, Enumclaw, Federal Way, Issaquah, Longview, Moses Lake, Olympia, Renton, Richland, Sammamish, Spanaway, Tacoma, Vancouver and Walla Walla...Marbut is a Aberdeen native and Jewett calls Tacoma home.

2005 CAPTAINS: The 2005 Washington State baseball captains are senior Dane Renkert and redshirt juniors Zach Kosturos and Zach Franklin.

THE EDMONDS CC CONNECTION: Four current Cougars played for WSU Head Coach Donnie Marbut during his tenure as head coach at Edmonds Community College...former Tritons new to the squad this year are Eric Dingwall and Brady Everett...Kaeo Rubin and Zach Kosturos both played under Marbut at Edmonds before coming to WSU last season...all four players won a NWAACC Championship under Marbut.

NO GAPS IN COUGAR OUTFIELD: Starting in the Washington State outfield are junior Jay Miller and seniors Jason Freeman and Kaeo Rubin...the three led the team in hitting last season with Miller edging out Freeman for first, .355 to .344...Rubin was third with a .341 batting average...all three earned Pac-10 honorable mention accolades...Miller also earned all-academic honorable mention kudos...Freeman played second base last season but this season has returned to his natural position in the outfield.

AN ALL NEW PLAYING FIELD: WSU is one of the few colleges in the nation to play on an artificial surface baseball field...in 2004 the Cougars became the first NCAA Division I team to have FieldTurf as its playing surface...WSU joined the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and the Minnesota Twins as part of the exclusive group of baseball teams to use FieldTurf as their playing field...the Cougar baseball diamond is ringed with a brownish red warning track and includes base paths of the same color...the only dirt on WSU's baseball field is the pitching mound and around home plate...included in the renovation project completed before the 2004 season were new dugouts for both teams.

COUGAR BASEBALL RANKS SEVENTH IN ALL-TIME NCAA VICTORIES: Washington State University is ranked seventh in all-time NCAA Division I baseball victories with 2,330 at the end of the 2004 season...a list of the top seven baseball programs appears below with their respective records and number of seasons played through 2004:

MARBUT IN GOOD COMPANY: Don Marbut is the ninth WSU head coach to win his first baseball game as a Cougar and the first since Bobo Brayton beat Gonzaga 9-4 March 22, 1962, beginning his illustrious 33-year WSU career...Marbut beat Sacramento State 8-7 to open his WSU career...the eight other WSU head coaches who won their first games are Jack Friel (1943), Arthur 'Buck' Bailey (1927), Harry Applequist (1923), Frank Barber (1921), J.R. Bender (1907), Everett Sweeley (1905) and J.N. Ashmore (1904).

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